January 2016: Personal Finance Digest

Business start-up workshop: The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County partners with SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, in presenting this seminar. Are you thinking about starting a business in the near future or further down the road? Members of SCORE will address key topics for those considering beginning a business: start-up considerations, marketing, finances, and technology for business. The Business and Investment Center librarian will discuss the Library’s sources and services for business start-up and beyond. To register, call 330-744-8636 and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults. 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11. Boardman Library, Tech Room, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. 

Basics of Excel for business: Learn the basics of Excel for your business. To register, call and ask for Information Services or register online using the events calendar. For adults. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27. Boardman Library, Tech Room, 7680 Glenwood Ave., 44512; 330-744-8636. 

SCORE Q&A appointments: Need advice on starting a business or helping your established business grow? Ask questions on any business topic. SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, in partnership with the Library, will have two volunteers to provide advice and answer questions. SCORE counselors will be available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Information Services Department’s Business and Investment Center (BIC), located on the second floor of the Main Library. The service is free. To talk with a business professional from SCORE, call 330-941-2948 for an appointment. For adults. Sessions are by appointment between 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5. Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. 

Checklist for new nonprofits: This program offers a step-by-step checklist approach to help with your organization’s readiness for foundation fundraising. It is designed for groups without nonprofit status or new nonprofits with limited grant-seeking experience. For adults. 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16.  Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636. 

Intro to finding grants: Learn what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations. What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding. How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach. In-person classes will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. For adults.  9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. Main Library, Computer Center, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-8636.

Coupon swap at the Library: Do you have coupons you don’ need or need coupons you don’t have? Drop in to stretch your shopping dollars by swapping coupons or learning new tips from other coupon-clippers. For adults. Austintown Library, Library hours, January; Sebring Library, Library hours, January; Tri-Lakes Library, Library hours, January; West Library, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7. Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, multiple branches; 330-744-8636.

Compiled from local reports.

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